Category Archives: Family

Family Issues in Utah

Strong families lead to stronger communities. Family issues—and court rulings, legislation, and pop culture that affects them—cover a large swath of American and local politics, especially these days when liberal legislation and activist judges are undoing what made this country great in the first place. Even though countless studies have shown that strong societies require strong, natural families, there’s a battle being fought between traditional values and new age liberalism. Sutherland Institute is firmly on the side of traditional values.

Use this website as a reference for anything related to family issues in Utah and the rest of the country.

9th Circuit rejects Prop 8: what’s next?

Tweet Two judges of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit have just ruled that California’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in November 2008, violates the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which was ratified in … Continue reading

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Strengthen Marriage, Strengthen the Economy

Tweet   Ruth Marcus, an opinion writer at the Washington Post, recently wrote: “[Marital] decline isn’t just a social problem. It’s also an economic problem.” Recent trends in marriage have shown higher marriage rates for college-educated, high-income individuals and lower … Continue reading

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News roundup: Remove obese children from their homes?

Tweet   Child custody and obesity Should government take children from their parents if the children become obese? In Ohio, parents lost custody of their 8-year-old son because he weighed more than 200 pounds. The boy was placed in foster … Continue reading

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Treasure trove of new research on the family

Tweet   Those interested in family policy have an embarrassment of riches in new research reports issued over the last few months. Brad Wilcox of the University of Virginia, probably the premier family scholar in the United States, has updated … Continue reading

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100-year-old patriarch is witness to staggering change

Tweet   My grandpa, Martin Buer, turns 100 today. Born in 1911, Grandpa went on to become a top breeder of grand champion cattle out of his Minnesota ranch. To keep the peace with a disgruntled family member, Grandpa gave … Continue reading

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‘Cult’ accusation is a bigoted blast from the past

Tweet   When evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a “cult” at the Values Voters Summit, a huge gathering of the “pro-family movement,” it brought back all sorts of thoughts for me. Permit … Continue reading

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Brazilians put brakes on babies

Tweet   September’s issue of National Geographic included a feature on “Brazil’s Girl Power,” detailing how Brazil’s fertility rate has slid from 6.3 children per women in 1960 to 1.9 in 2009 – a lightning-quick change in the world of … Continue reading

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Family fragmentation in Australia

Tweet   A new report from Professor Patrick Parkinson at the University of Sydney powerfully catalogs the terrible toll family disintegration is having in Australia. The report, “For Kids’ Sake: Repairing the Social Environment for Australian Children and Young People,” … Continue reading

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Baby selling in Utah?

Tweet   The Ruth Institute recently highlighted a story about an attorney in California who admitted she had been involved in a “baby selling ring.” The news described the scheme: Under the conspiracy, women would go to overseas clinics and … Continue reading

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An Eye of Sauron in every home?

Tweet   In the black abyss there appeared a single Eye that slowly grew, until it filled nearly all the mirror. So terrible was it that Frodo stood rooted, unable to cry out or withdraw his gaze. The Eye was … Continue reading

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Give Sundance credit where credit is due

Tweet   A few weeks ago in another post on this blog, Sutherland analyst Matthew Piccolo brought to light the vulgar content presented during parts of the Sundance Institute’s annual film festival. While I share his concerns about the festival, Sundance … Continue reading

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When Tiger Woods’ values disintegrated, so did his world

Tweet   Tiger Woods recently announced that he and his longtime caddie Steve Williams parted ways. Williams’ departure is simply the latest in the stream of friends, family members and corporate partners who have left in the wake of Woods’ … Continue reading

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Faith, family, free markets: fertile ground for happiness

Tweet   America’s founders believed that God endowed us with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” Let’s focus on the third … Continue reading

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Tribune article stacks up ironies

Tweet   Last Friday’s edition of The Salt Lake Tribune included a story titled, “Gay BYU filmmaker ready to tell his story,” by Peggy Fletcher Stack (July 8, 2011). The article is about Kendall Wilcox, yet Ms. Stack appropriates Mr. … Continue reading

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Advocacy research in the ‘gay rights’ arena: a follow-up

Tweet   Two months ago, I wrote a post about advocacy research: “scholarly” research driven by a political agenda rather than a scientific agenda, often at the expense of objectivity and methodological rigor. The specific study I cited as an … Continue reading

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